Does Stencil ink affect the stringbed?

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  1. Fishbulb

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    Does Stencil ink affect the stringbed?

    Does it change the playability and characteristics of the string?
     
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  2. psp2

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    Yes!! The angle of the light reflecting off the stencil ink will stiffen up the stringbed by a few pounds, so be careful with it.
     
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  4. Fishbulb

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    No need for sarcasm buddy. It's a decent question. The guy that strings my racquet said stenciling racquets changes its playability.
    Obviously it doesn't affect you because you probably can't play.;)
     
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  5. a guy

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    Maybe if you're using the incorrect type of ink it can soak into materials like natural gut and mess them up a little?
     
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  6. thetenniskid07

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    Stencil ink does not. Sharpie does.
     
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  7. War Safin!

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    It makes me play better.
     
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  8. bsandy

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    WRONG

    WRONG
     
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  9. SoBad

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    Painted strings leave marks on the tennis balls, so it's easy to distinguish between lucky and unlucky balls in a match.
     
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  10. bsandy

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    Which are lucky ?
     
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  11. Keifers

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    I like it!! :D
     
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  12. Richie Rich

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    did he tell how it changes the playability? he's talking out of his arse.
     
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  13. kchau

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    if those are wrong, then what is right?

    stencil ink sometimes make the strings harder to move around, they'll still move, just takes slightly harder to move back.
     
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  14. hoahuyen

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    I don't think so. There's one match between Nadal and Fed. Not sure it is the Rome final or something else. Nadal had to change his racquet and it seemed that the new one had no stencil. So Nadal just put out a sharpie and drew 2 lines on his string bed.
     
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  15. theace21

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    If it effects the string bed, do you think the pros would use stencils. They are earning their living by playing tennis...they are not going to take a chance.
     
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  16. SoBad

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    You as a player need to determine that based on the outcome of points played with different balls. For instance, if you just served an ace, wait for the opponent to fetch the ball and return to you, observe the ink markings on that ball and see if you can serve another ace with the same ball. Conversely, if you double-fault, make a note of the markings on the ball used for second serve - this ball is now on probation in your mind. As the match progresses, you may observe a pattern as to which balls are winning you points ("lucky balls") and which ones are costing you points ("unlucky balls"). Now you can see how using stencil ink can raise your game to another level and really dictate the outcome of a match.
     
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  17. drakulie

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    Yes it does affect the stringbed. It changes the color. LOL!
     
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  18. bsandy

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    Okay Goran
     
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  19. Fishbulb

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    Thanks for your help. I have come to the conclusion that stencil ink doesn't change anything.
     
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    WOW!!!
     
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  21. Fishbulb

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    I use Gamma Stencil Ink, would it change the durability of Natural Gut?

    Because i thought liquids would destroy gut.
     
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  22. Richie Rich

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    uh, no.
     
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  23. Zets147

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    Putting a Wilson Stencil on my racquet makes me play like Federer, it's true.
     
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